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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Dec 17, 2010 12:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Least Favorite Live Release

That's easy. "Steal Your Face"- Muddy sound; questionable song selection; less than stellar run of shows, conspicuous absence of jamming.

It was the one Dead album I didn't even bother replacing when I was slowly converting from vying to CDs in the 90s, and its been rendered more or less obsolete by the much more expansive Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack taken from the same run of shows.

The DP from '83 (either 5 or 6) and anything from the 90s are also strong contenders.

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Poster: portmcgroin Date: Dec 17, 2010 6:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Least Favorite Live Release

I should have guessed SYF but I don't own it and have avoided it. Someday I hope to own all the albums on vinyl so that may be #1 but I think I would take bad 74 over ok 90 anyday. The Eygpt release is a far away second for me. I wish the shakedown made the dvd and at least you get to see Bill Walton and everyone ride around on camels.
Bear on SYF: This is one I would just as soon forget. The master tapes were a disaster of epic proportions, requiring a complete over dubbing of all the vocals and many of the instrumental tracks. I had absolutely nothing to do with the recording of the master tapes, and was called in to try and "fix" it. Phil Lesh and I were only given 18 days to rebuild this "titanic". Fact is, of course, no one could make a silk purse out of this pig's ear.
Does anyone know why the sound on this is so bad when the movie sound is killer?

This post was modified by portmcgroin on 2010-12-18 02:48:57